Rain washed a majority of the ultimate session on day four after Australia set a goal of 328. India had been speculated to face 24 overs of the brand new ball on a observe that had proven ominous indicators with inconsistent bounce and cracks opening up, however the openers solely confronted 11 balls scoring 4 runs earlier than the ultimate spell of bathe despatched the 2 sides packing to the dressing room. The daunting process, however, awaits India who should defy odds and historical past to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy?
328 is not among the many highest targets set by a group on the Gabba. However Australia have did not win solely twice when a goal of 328 or extra has been set at this venue – in opposition to England in 1998 and 1962 – successful in the remaining 12 matches. Including to India’s woe, the best profitable chase on the Gabba is Australia’s 236 for seven in opposition to West Indies in 1951.
India have scored 300 or extra 19 instances within the fourth innings, however solely twice have they managed to safe a win – in opposition to England in Chennai in 2008 and essentially the most memorable one, at Port of Spain in opposition to West Indies in 1976, which stays India’s highest profitable in Check cricket. 14 of these scores have come away from house, six of them in Australia. General, India haven’t been good in chasing 300 or extra complete, shedding 45 out of 80 such situations whereas 32 led to a draw.
To not neglect, the Gabba is Australia’s fortress, having by no means misplaced on the venue since 1988. They performed 32 matches since then and solely eight led to a draw. In truth, their general win-loss ratio is the best for Australia at any venue – 40 wins in 63 Assessments with simply eight defeats. India have performed seven and misplaced 5.
BUT IT’S NOT ALL DISADVANTAGE INDIA
Of the six instances India have scored 300 or extra within the fourth innings in Australia, two had been in Brisbane. One was in 1968 when captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi stitched a 91-run stand alongside centurion Motganhalli Jaisimha earlier than Bob Cowper uncovered the decrease order for John Gleeson to run via. India amassed 355 runs within the closing innings. The opposite occasion was in 1977 when Sunil Gavaskar scored 113 to assist India to attain 324 however fell simply 16 runs in need of the goal. These two scores are a part of the 5 300-plus totals which have been made by visiting groups in Brisbane, the best being 450 by Pakistan, which can be the newest rating. Including to their perception, India’s highest rating within the fourth innings no matter the result’s 445, in Adelaide.
Historical past stands in opposition to them, the circumstances stand in opposition to them, however this Indian group has been powerful and resilient, arguably greater than another Indian aspect which have goner Down Beneath within the final 73 years. They misplaced 9 first-choice gamers to damage whereas Virat Kohli left on paternity depart, however this Ajinkya Rahane-led Indian aspect have managed to maintain the strain from the daunting hosts. They pulled off a Boxing Day win regardless of a senior pacer strolling off with calf ache. They salvaged a attract SCG, batting via 131 overs and battling via immense ache. They may now look to emulate the identical for the third straight time, this time on the Gabba the place they’ve already managed to fold Australia twice with a second-string assault.
324 would possibly look colossal given the menacing pitch, however like SCG, India would method it session by session and possibly at Tea determine on chasing for a win or salvaging a win. Will probably be nothing lower than an epic if India emerge victorious. A draw, nevertheless, will probably be equally commendable for India.